minds. So you suffer infinitely, but your soul, which is fully conscious and continually enjoys God's bliss which is also infinite, is not affected by this suffering.
At present, you as soul, are unconscious of God and God's bliss. Your mind now suffers or is happy according to your impressions. Soul, as it were, is not affected because through ignorance your soul is identified with your mind, so after knowledge your soul is consciously experiencing God's bliss. Your mind then experiences suffering or happiness, but soul is not affected. You are soul. When your mission is complete the universal mind goes. Universal suffering goes; then soul enjoys God's bliss. By knowing you must know and experience.
This war is necessary — necessary suffering, but most of the suffering is unnecessary and self-inflicted.
themselves at the thought of the coming separation, and Baba had to pacify them often. The usual evening hours, the hours of 'Love Feast', were, therefore, the moments of such great relief for the suffering souls.
July 15th: The last day and hence the most pinching. Even the usual "Good Morning" was full of sadness that each voice conveyed. The usual talkative mood of all had lost its spirit and words became scarce. All wished to be silent as if the tongue refused to stir and the voice to speak. But the silence spoke the inner voice.
Everyone depended on Baba's instructions for future action; and one can image how tiresome the task can be for Baba to instruct all of us individually (about 50 of us), each with a different problem of his or her own. But the Divine Shepherd has to feed his sheep, and how willingly, how lovingly he does it! Those who have seen it alone know.
Baba left Zurich on July 16th for Marseilles, and sailed from there on the 20th by the P. & O. liner "Strathnavar" and arrived at Bombay August 2nd, 1934.
NOVEMBER 15TH, 1934: Message sent by our dear Master on the eve of his departure to the West: "THOSE WHO ARE UNITED IN LOVE KNOW NO SEPARATION. WHEREVER I AM, WHEREVER YOU ARE, I AM ALWAYS WITH YOU. MY LOVE AND BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL." M.S. IRANI
Parting with the dear ones is like parting with a piece of oneself. And for Baba, it is always a 'parting' — whether in the East or in the West — with many of his closest ones. When he leaves India his Eastern gopies and the mandali feel his parting and absence during his visits to the West, thousands of miles away; and when he leaves the West his Western gopies and the closest ones feel so keenly his absence. And he feels rather has to feel — for all. Besides he has to feed them all with his Love, that conveys its warmth across the oceans and continents. And the number of those who feel for him so deeply, who live only for him and for his Love, is always increasing with the new contacts of dear loving souls who gather together in the fold of his loved ones.
He just left London only a month ago and the sad faces of the dear ones who came to see him off at Southampton, waving a tearful parting with wet 'kerchiefs in the hands